The Kills are an indie rock band formed by American vocalist and guitarist Alison Mosshart (“VV”) and British guitarist Jamie Hince (“Hotel”). Their three albums, Keep On Your Mean Side (2003), No Wow (2005) and Midnight Boom (2008), have gathered much critical praise.
But who the heck is Fake Blood? This is a question that a lot of people have been asking recently…
This artist/producer released his first single “Mars” back in October 2008 on Cheap Thrills Records but his true identity was never revealed. Whenever he played gigs around the UK it was always with a mask…
He quickly became one of the most talked-about remixers and producers on the electro scene without doing a single interview. As a result, bloggers and music fans started to elaborate the craziest theories about his true identity (see this forum for more info).
One of Fake Blood’s trademark gimmicks is the fact that his name is uttered by the original artist in each of his remixes (at 1’45” in the remix above). Interestingly enough, the artists aren’t actually asked to record this added bit for the remix, Fake Blood creates it himself by cutting the original vocal part into tiny phonetic fragments and combining them to construct the words “fake blood”. Now that’s a skill!
If you wanna hear more Fake Blood music, visit him on MySpace. If you wanna show your support, buy his releases on
Metronomy was born ten years ago in the tiny, bohemian market town of Totnes in Devon, when Joseph Mount got his first computer and started making electronic music inspired by the likes of Autechre and Aphex Twin. Metronomy’s debut album, released in 2006, was called Pip Paine (Pay The £5000 You Owe) and its largely instrumental electro-pop reflected the eccentricity of its title.
Joseph admits that he only, finally, saw the commercial possibilities of Metronomy when DJ/producer Erol Alkan began to feature the single “You Could Easily Have Me” in his sets, and asked Metronomy to play at his club. Cue the need for a proper live show, and the additions of Gabriel (keyboards and bass) and Oscar (saxophone, backing vocals and keyboards).
Move on 2 years to the sophomore album Nights Out, a second album that feels like a debut. the first to be vocal-led, with the self-effacing Joseph stepping up and grabbing the mic for most of the tracks. Check out the excellent single “Heartbreaker” remixed by French electropop duo Jupiter.
Metronomy - Heartbreaker (Jupiter Remix)
Find out more about Metronomy on MySpace. Buy their music on
Now playing nonstop on my mp3 player is the insane song “Hummer”. It’s pulsating, it’s full of energy and it gives you a real kick. Foals are Yannis Philippakis (vocals and guitar), Jack Bevan (drums), Jimmy Smith (guitar), Edwin Congreave (keyboards) and Walter Gervers (bass). Based in Oxford, they are part of the new UK electroclash scene and their first LP, Antidotes (Transgressive Records, 2008), as well as their live gigs have been making the headlines of many music publications. Find their music on MySpace and see them live around the UK in October and around Europe in November.
Foals - Hummer
“they take Franz Ferdinand’s ‘music to make girls dance’ credo to the max, using guitars, drums, voice, bass and keyboards to make a sort of manic, organic, polyrhythmic electronica” (The Guardian)
Visit the band on MySpace to get more info and buy their music on
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